AUSTRALIA is set to see the greatest rise in the number of science careers for people aged from 14 to 29, according to research from the Australian Council of Science.
The report found that the number who started careers in the field increased by more than 12 per cent in the past 12 months compared with the previous 12 months, with almost half (46 per cent) starting careers in science and technology.
This is up from 42 per cent of all Australians who started their career at 14 years old in 2014.
The number of students completing science degrees in Australia increased by 17 per cent between 2014 and 2016, the report found.
The total number of scientists in Australia rose from 754,000 to 1,938,000 in 2016, with the average age at completion at 27.7 years.
The national figures show the total number is projected to grow by about 12 per week.
But the growth is projected for the next five years, with an average increase of 12 per year over the next decade.
The average growth rate of science and engineering graduates is forecast to be 3.7 per cent per annum from 2019-20, the ABC understands.
The study by the Australian Institute of Science and Engineering found that about 1.3 million people are currently employed in science, engineering, mathematics and computer science, and more than 10 per cent are employed in a related profession.
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